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Slow Cooker French Dip Sandwiches

Updated on August 20, 2013
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Well, as with so many of my recipes, upon dating my husband, I had to begin discovering new methods to cook meals, and ways to make the meals he loves without having to buy packaged products, and on top of that, when school work and my job have me pressed for time, I need to have meals I can toss in the slow cooker to save time! This recipe was created for this very reason.

My husband loves philly cheesesteaks, and meals that are prepared in a similar manner. While my husband never prefers this over my ribeye style philly cheesesteaks, he still enjoys it, which is my primary goal. As with all recipes, you can alter and suit this for your taste, this has just been the method I have foudn works the best for us. I took about four different recipes, picked what I liked and did not like, then created this one.

I was striving to accomplish the closest concept to meet my needs. Not only this, but if there are no onions, peppers, or peppercinis in a sandwich of this style, there is always something missing. Also,when selecting your cheese, our family is more partial to the provolone, while I know many other people love the swiss cheese.

The primary goal is to create a meal that is fast and easy, while also utilizing the slow cooker, and still meeting the demands of four different people in the household. The simplicity and easy with which to prepare this meal is amazing, not to mention the flavors! Not only that, but after being goine all day, when you first walk in your home and smell the delicious combination cooking in the slow cooker, you are grateful to have little to do before dinner is served!

Cook Time

Prep time: 15 min
Cook time: 8 hours
Ready in: 8 hours 15 min
Yields: 8-10 hoagies


  • 4-5 lbs. roast, (your personal preference, just make sure it has no bone)
  • 1/2 c. beef broth
  • 1/4 c. Jack Daniel's, (can use beer)
  • 1 pkg. French's Onion Soup Mix
  • 1 bottle bbq sauce, (we prefer Jack Daniel's Original Recipe)
  • 1 medium yellow onion, chopped
  • 1 medium bell pepper, chopped (we prefer either green or orange, sometimes a combination of both)
  • 1 small bottle pepperoccini peppers, drained
  • 8-10 slices cheese, (provolone or swiss are the best)
  • 8-10 hoagie buns
  1. In bowl, combine the Jack Daniels, beef broth, bbq sauce and onion soup mix until there are no lumps.
  2. Remove all the excess fat from the roast and place in the slow cooker.
  3. Pour the french dip mixture over top of the roast.
  4. Add the onions, peppers and peppercini into the slow cooker, cover and cook on low for eight hours.
  5. Use two forks to shred the roast, using a laddle scoop out the soupy mixture to have as a side dip with the subs, and then return the roast to the remaining soup mixture, stirring to combine well.
  6. Lightly butter both sides of all the hoagie buns, and place the cheese on.
  7. Broil on low until the bread toasts lightly, and the cheese melts.
  8. Dip the roast on the toasted buns, and place a side of the soup mixture with the sandwiches! Time to enjoy!

Our favorite side with this is either chips or home-made onion strings (similar to onion rings, with the taste of a blooming onions). Nonetheless, pick your favorite!

This is an amazing recipe, and while it is never as good as my philly cheesesteaks, it works well on nights when we are wanting a sandwich, but I know I am not going to have time to do anything real elaborate!

While the bbq sauce even gives it a more bbq taste, it does not take away from the other flavors, nor does it reduce the taste of the dip for your sandwiches! I love preparing this and adding some pickles for a great meal!


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